Earlier this month, Blizzard revealed that World of Warcraft had lost another 100,000 subscriptions since the last quarter, which had reported a loss of 600,000.
Even with this report, World of Warcraft still has 7.6 million subscribers worldwide, which is still more than any other western MMO at the moment.
Currently, we’ve hit that awkward moment again where we’re in the middle of a patch, Siege of Orgrimmar and the next expansion, Warlords of Draenor. So it’s likely more subscriptions are going to be lost in the next quarter.
The latest patch, 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar, was released on 10th September, and within that week, most guilds had completed the raid. Which is what most hardcore players tend to strive for. PvPers could start collecting Season 14 gear, but with just over a month since the patch’s release, the majority of PvPers have finished collecting their gear.
The fifth expansion was announced at Blizzcon 2013, Warlords of Draenor.This expansion sends players back to Draenor, which later becomes Outland in the first expansion, The Burning Crusade. It introduces Garrisons, a new take on player homes, raises the level from 90 to 100, and finally gives us updated player models.
With the main part of the patch completed by most players, and the anticipation of the next expansion, it’s normal for players to take a break from Azeroth. Especially as it’s likely that the gear we’ve acquired at 90 is likely to be replaced as soon as we hit the early levels to 100.
All that’s really left to do now is collect achievements, pets or gold. Especially as Game Director, Tom Chilton announced on WoW Source, that Garrisons were likely to cost a mixture of gold and material, like wood and stone. So, best get saving up!
Also announced at Blizzcon 2013, the World of Warcraft movie is set to hit us on December 18th 2015. So, we can expect not only old players to return, but also hopefully bring in new players to Azeroth as well.